Masses head to church to celebrate
WORSHIP at St Peter’s Catholic Church on Sunday was like days of the past – the church was filled to capacity
Archbishop of Brisbane the Most Rev Mark Coleridge led the mass to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the church.
His Grace described St Peter’s as the jewel in the crown of the church.
Parish Council president Petronella Campbell said it was wonderful to have such a full church along with the volume of voices.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank our forbears who worked so hard to develop the Biggenden faith community,” she said.
“Without their dedication and commitment we might not be celebrating today.”
Parishioner Bev Geissler said the original church was built in 1899, as a place of worship for the many Irish migrant families who had come to the area during the construction of the railway line which was completed in 1892.
“As it became too small the original church was replaced in 1939 by today’s St Peter’s,” she said.
“It was removed to Abercorn where it is still used for worship.”
Mrs Geissler said i’s opening on October 15, 1939, by His Grace Archbishop James Duhig was attended by about 300 people.
“This was followed by a luncheon in Archer’s Hall, better known to residents as the local picture theatre,” she said.
In the late 50s Biggenden parish amalgamated with Childers and has since shared the ministry with Childers, Gin Gin, Mt Perry andWoodgate parishioners.
Representatives from those churches attended Sunday’s service and later gathered at the Memorial Hall for a shared basket lunch and further reminiscing.
ST PETER’S CELEBRATION: Taking part in Sunday’s 75th anniversary are Eucharistic minister Craig Kimber, Parish priest Fr Sunny Mathew, Archbishop of Brisbane Most Rev Mark Coleridge, Emily Burns and Joshua Maroney of Childers and Seminarian Odinaka Nwadike and, front, Chloe and Jordan Galea.